The current Proserpine Historical Society was formed in 1986. The Society’s first museum was first established in 1994 at 1 Main Street, Proserpine in a staff house provided by the Proserpine Sugar Mill. The present Museum, which is run entirely by volunteers, was officially opened in January 2001.
The mission of our Society is to collect and preserve the history of the Whitsunday region and its associated communities, and to research and record the heritage and history of the area for the education and enjoyment of all.
The Proserpine Museum publishes its own 12-page quarterly magazine full of fascinating reading. Meticulous research ensures the stories are as accurate as possible, and personal participation by many of the contributors provides a wonderful window into the past when things were done so differently from today.
The magazine is published in March, June, September and December each year and with over 100 editions, the magazine is posted to subscribers all over Australia and beyond. Current and back copies are available for purchase.
The Museum has a wide selection of souvenirs, books and locally crafted items for purchase. Eftpos is available in the gift shop.
Annual Book Bonanza
Each year during May, the museum hosts a huge Book Bonanza with thousands of donated second-hand books. The event has been run for over 20 years with money raised going towards the cost of maintaining and improving the museum. Patrons return each year to find a bargain as well as the occasional treasure.